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18Jun 2021

In a recent case, Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. v. Oxford Nanopore Technologies, Inc., the Federal Circuit expanded the meaning of the enablement requirement under 35 U.S.C. § 112(a). Let’s take a look at how the court arrived at this decision. 

The claims at issue were directed to methods for sequencing nucleic acid (DNA) using nanopore technology.  

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15Jan 2021

The USPTO is ending the unpopular “First Action Interview Pilot Program” effective January 15, 2021.

According to the program, an applicant could have requested an interview before receiving a first office action on the merits. The examiner would have performed a search and would have provided the applicant with a short communication including potential rejections. 

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